Why am I wearing a suit? I’m the shorts and sandals Realtor! Well, there’s a little story behind this, so I guess I’ll do like TV shows do sometimes where they tell you the end first, then the rest of the show is all about how they got to what you already know.
This all started out when a way cool couple found me online. Actually, they found me twice! I have an old friend from High School that I keep up with on Facebook who recommended me to them (Thanks Cathy!), but they already knew about me from this blog. I truly felt like a rock star.
This way cool couple bought a house listed by an agent I knew from my old office. She was kind of like the Grandmother of the office. She has been an agent for several decades, and always shared her wisdom and high standards with all who listened. I don’t think she really appreciated me wearing shorts and sandals while I practiced real estate, but I saved myself from getting a scolding with my charm.
So, when we got to offer time, I told Miss Anna that if her people would just accept our offer, I would wear long pants to the closing. She chuckled…….probably in disbelief. I guess if she thought I was serious she would have insisted we write that into the offer.
We had a great time working on this “Transaction” as she prefers us to call it. She was always reminding us around the office that the word “Deal” cheapens what we do. She had some fantastic sellers who had lived in the house since the early 1960’s. Her client was happy that a way cool young family would be enjoying her home. My people were happy to find something in that neighborhood and with a basement. I was happy. Miss Anna was happy. It was all good!
So, for closing day, I busted out a suit I haven’t worn in over 2 years, put on a tie, and fulfilled my promise that I’d put on long pants for her. Now, I never said ANYTHING about shoes and socks, so I just stuck with my shiny new sandals that I recently purchased for the 2010 Real Estate season (kinda like new clothes for the 1st day of school.) The guy closing the loan had never seen me in anything but shorts, so he snapped this picture with his phone, sent it to the loan officer and the guy that owns the title company. It is kinda hard to believe.
So…..that is why I am wearing a suit in the picture!
On a side note, I know I am critical of Realtors some times…………..okay, most of the time. But I have to say Miss Anna is one fine agent. She was polite, professional, willing to work through obstacles, kept her cool, remembered that the goal is that somebody gets to sell and somebody gets to buy. Once we got past the contract, she was just as much on top of the “Transaction” as ever. She communicated with me, took care of her client while understanding I needed to do the same. I mean, that is pretty much what is missing in today’s modern agent. I wish there were more like her out there!